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Foods That Strengthen Tooth Enamel


Many people believe tooth enamel can’t be strengthened after it starts to wear. However, there’s plenty of evidence this is not true. Dental treatments, toothpastes, and foods can strengthen the outer coating of a tooth. The food you eat is a major factor.

Dairy products are ideal if you want stronger tooth enamel. Milk, cheese, and yogurt have calcium and phosphorous. These compounds help to re-mineralize the enamel and boost the production of saliva, which also protects it. Enriched soymilk has calcium as well, so it’s a great alternative for one who is lactose intolerant.

Vitamins and Tooth Enamel

Calcium isn’t the only thing that is good for teeth. Vitamin D is involved in regulating proteins, some which create tooth enamel. Egg yolk, fish oil, and canned sardines have this vitamin, as do fish bones. Another essential nutrient for bone growth and mineral absorption is vitamin K. Kale, broccoli, hard cheese, fermented grains, and naturally-cured salami are rich in this nutrient.

Examples of Enamel Strengthening Foods

Eating celery helps to clean the surface of teeth, and therefore protects the enamel. It is high in fiber as well. This extends chewing time, promotes saliva secretion, and regulates pH levels in the mouth. Chewing celery also helps to massage the gums.

Strawberries are great for oral health too. They have vitamin C and antioxidants. The malic acid in strawberries helps remove tartar and can contribute to whiter teeth. Sesame seeds are good for cleaning teeth, in a similar way to celery, because they are abrasive and can remove debris that supports bacteria. Parsley, a natural breath freshener, has antibacterial properties that can prevent enamel loss due to bacterial infections.

Drinks that are Good for the Teeth

The antioxidants in tea are great for oral health. Many tea leaves also have fluoride, which prevents enamel from decaying. By drinking green tea, you can stop plaque from sticking to the tooth surface. Freshly brewed tea can also improve your breath.

Drinking water is healthy for many reasons. Water can clear away debris trapped in the teeth and can eliminate enamel-dissolving acids that are in alcohol, coffee, and lemons. In addition, water keeps you hydrated and strengthens the immune system, which in turn can fight off gum disease. The foods and drinks you consume daily, therefore, have a major impact on dental health and the strength of your tooth enamel.

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